Sagada faces tourism woes

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:59 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- A tourism boom has hit the tourist town of Sagada in Mt. Province.

Tracey Santiago, head of secretariat of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Philippines said the influx of tourists in Sagada is giving locals a tourism problem.

One way scheme up in Kennon Road

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:49 p.m.

TO LESSEN traffic congestion, Kennon Road will be open for one-way traffic only from April 1 to 3.

While trip from Manila was made faster because of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway, going up to Baguio was made slower because of the different road construction done in the city.

Fongwan alarmed over Sto. Tomas fires

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:45 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Governor Nestor Fongwan is alarmed over a series of forest fires in the province.

The governor is asking the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to furnish his office with the official report of damages inside Sto. Tomas forest.

LTO to enforce no plate, no travel policy

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:38 p.m.

UNREGISTERED vehicles will not be allowed to travel starting Wednesday, April 1.

The Department of Transportation and Communication-Land Transportation Office will strictly implement the "No Registration, No Travel" policy starting Wednesday to ensure all vehicles will bear their identities in this peak season of traveling.

Women installed as town police chiefs in Benguet

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:35 p.m.

CAMP DANGWA,Benguet — Every March, different forms of recognition and honor to women are done by the government as part of the International Women’s Month.

In Benguet, three women were installed as chief of police by the Provincial Police Office (PPO) to lead the maintenance of peace and order in the towns of Bakun, Sablan and La Trinidad.

BCDA-CJHDevco dispute might reach Congress

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 09:54 p.m.

THE Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevco) dispute may reach the Senate for inquiry.

Senator Francis Escudero, in a press conference Saturday, said he is willing to author a resolution calling for the Senate inquiry.

RDC execs undergo culture seminar

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 09:40 p.m.

THE Cordillera is one yet still diverse.

The Regional Development Council held a seminar on cultural heritage March 25 to 27 for members of the council, including the private sector to learn more about the varied cultural practices in the region.

Mayor orders 24-hour work monitoring

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 09:27 p.m.

BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan called on the Traffic and Transportation Management Council (TTMC) for an emergency meeting on the ongoing road improvement projects being implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) here.

The road project is part of the P668-million fund allotted for road rehabilitation, repair and improvement of drainage systems for the Summer Capital, which was supposed to have been implemented early this year but was slightly delayed to accommodate crowd-drawing activities.

Gun holders avail of licenses

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 08:25 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Gun holders in the region have sought to have their firearms licensed.

The Police Regional Office conducted a three-day caravan starting March 18 in Abra as part of the License To Own and Possess Firearm (LTOPF).

Mayor junks probe into alleged fraud

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 08:00 p.m.

MAYOR Mauricio Domogan stressed the Baguio City Government cannot investigate the alleged irregularities during the 2013 elections saying a case has already been filed relevant to the issue.

"It might be misunderstood if we do that because there is already a pending case," he said stressing it is better for the city government to just wait for the progress and result of the case filed.

Baguio council okays accord on resiliency program

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 07:59 p.m.

THE Baguio City Council confirmed last Monday the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the city's participation in the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) program.

Signed March 2014 by Mayor Mauricio Domogan for the City Covernment and regional director Victorino Aquitania for the ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia, the MOU facilitates the city’s participation in the ACCCRN program to "build resilience to climate change."

Mayor to BCDA: ‘Honor the 19 conditions’

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:36 p.m.

THE 19 conditionalities set under Resolution 362 must be honored.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan stressed there is no reason the 19 conditionalities will no longer be considered valid just because the contract between the Bases Conversion Development Authority and Camp John Hay Development Corporation has been rescinded.

Baguio council rejects Beneco's EVRP

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:23 p.m.

THE Early Voluntary Retirement Program (EVRP) must first be approved before implemented.

This was the firm stand of the City Council of Baguio on the EVRP of Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco), which started March.

Sagada to offer shuttle rides on Lent

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:16 p.m.

SAGADA, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE -- This coming Lent, Sagada offers shuttle rides from the main town and vice versa to attractions frequented by tourists, especially Sumaguing Cave.

To prevent hordes of cars from plying the already narrow streets of Sagada, local vehicles will instead service visitors to their destinations and those who don’t like to walk.

Carnival set at Jadewell area

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:21 p.m.

SHOULD the Jadewell parking in Burnham Park be used as space for an amusement park?

This is the question yet to be answered by the City Government now that the Jadewell area in Burnham Park is being eyed for several uses this summer.

Mayor: Road works are not city’s projects

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:14 p.m.

ONGOING road works in Baguio City are not the city government's projects.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan clarified the ongoing road rehabilitation in the different parts of the city, already causing monstrous traffic, is not the project of the city government but of the Department of Public Works and Highway-Central Office.

Baguio mayor pushes barangay merging

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:09 p.m.

THE problem on funding for the honorarium of barangay tanods and street sweepers may be solved eventually if the number of barangays is decreased.

This was highlighted by Mayor Mauricio Domogan recently stressing the merging of small barangays is seen as a permanent solution to sustain funds needed for the benefit of appointed barangay workers for peace and order and sanitation.

Award winning director conducts film appreciation workshop

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:05 p.m.

STUDENTS and film enthusiasts from Baguio City and Benguet were treated to a free film showing and workshop by award winning director Brillante Mendoza at the SM City Cinema recently.

The students viewed "Captive" by Mendoza, which is top billed by European actress Isabelle Huppert as Therese Bourgoine, one of the captives in the 2001 kidnapping incident in Palawan where Muslim terrorist group Abu Sayyaf took numerous people hostage from the Dos Palmas resort.

SC issues TRO vs SM

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:07 p.m.

SM CITY Baguio was ordered to stop the tree-cutting and balling activities in Luneta Hill.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court en banc issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the decision of the Court of Appeals dated December 12, 2014.

Villar property affected by Devco-BCDA tiff

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:06 p.m.

FORMER senator Manny Villar has properties inside Camp John Hay.

Villar is part of the group stuck amid the squabble between state-run Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) and Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevCo).

Baguio mayor acts on dairy farm settlers

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:05 p.m.

MAYOR Mauricio Domogan, in coordination with Tuba, Benguet Mayor Florencio Bentrez, directed the composite team of the City Buildings and Architecture Office, City Engineer’s Office, Department of Public Works and Highways-Baguio City District Engineering Office, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture and the Baguio City Police office to fast track the investigation regarding the massive squatting in the Baguio Dairy Farm at Green Valley.

Baguio mayor acts on dairy farm settlers

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:00 p.m.

MAYOR Mauricio Domogan, in coordination with Tuba, Benguet Mayor Florencio Bentrez, directed the composite team of the City Buildings and Architecture Office, City Engineer’s Office, Department of Public Works and Highways-Baguio City District Engineering Office, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture and the Baguio City Police office to fast track the investigation regarding the massive squatting in the Baguio Dairy Farm at Green Valley.

City to establish recognition of PMA grads from Baguio

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:57 p.m.

THE Baguio City Government will institutionalize the conduct of a recognition program for Philippine Military Academy graduates who hail from the city.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan recently announced this during a simple program held to honor the new officers from the region who graduated from the academy last March 15 as part of PMA Class 2015 called the "Sinag-lahi" or "Sundalong Isinilang na May Angking Galing at Lakas, Handang Ipaglaban Ang Bayan."

Annual report shows HR violations still exist in Philippines

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:54 p.m.

HUMAN rights violations still persist in the Philippines, an annual report for 2014/15 by Amnesty International (AI) shows.

AI Philippines Campaigner Wilnor Papa presented to local media the state of Human Rights in the Philippines when AI started its annual State of the World's Human Rights Report launch with its first ever leg here.

BCDA help desk created

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 09:49 p.m.

THE Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has created a help desk to assist sub-lessees affected by the arbitration decision.

The help desk will cater to all sub-locators and buyers of Camp John Hay following the decision of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center Inc. (PDRCI) for Camp John Hay Development Corp. (CJHDevCo) to vacate the property and BCDA to return P1.4 billion.

Baguio council wants BFFFI report

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 09:48 p.m.

THE City Council of Baguio is demanding for an audited financial statement of the Panagbenga 2015.

The City Council, Monday, demanded for a financial report of income-generating activities held during the staging of the 20th Baguio Flower Festival, particularly Baguio Blooms and the Session Road in Bloom.

PLCPD: Invest in treatment of AIDS

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 09:39 p.m.

INVEST more on prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS.

The Philippine Legislator's Committee in Population and Development (PLCPD) is pushing for the approval of the House Bill 5178 or the act seeking to amend the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998.

DENR awaits report on damages in Sto. Tomas

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 09:37 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is awaiting final reports on damages caused by forest fires in the Sto. Tomas reservation.

Information Officer Pearl Nersa said the team who went to contain the fires in Mount Sto. Tomas is still in the process of consolidating their reports.

BCDA ready to pay P1.4B

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 09:55 p.m.

THE Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) is ready to pay back the P1.4 billion to the Camp John Hay Development Corporation.

In a press conference Monday, BCDA president Arnel Paciano Casanova said it has enough money to pay its obligations and one of them is the payment it has to give back to CJHDevCo as per decision of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc.

Walis betters lives through CHARMP

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 09:48 p.m.

THERE is more to a part time job than just being a source of income.

The Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Program, while aimed to be a tool in providing a better quality of life in the communities with high poverty incidence, has done more.

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